New Eastbourne Boro boss Widdrington targets promotion

Tommy Widdrington spent two years at Port Vale in his playing days

Newly-appointed Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington is aiming to lead the club back to the Blue Square Bet Premier.

The former Southampton midfielder takes over from Garry Wilson following a spell in charge of Hemel Hempstead.

Widdrington told BBC Sussex: "My priority is to stabilise the slide that has gone on up until now.

"The club have experienced the highest tier of non-league football and people would itch and yearn to be back there."

He added: "Ultimately that's what I want to do."

The Sports currently lie 18th in the Blue Square Bet South table, four points above the relegation zone.

"I want to stabilise the club and make sure we are in this division to plan again for future campaigns," Widdrington continued.

"We've got to stop being a team that gets beat every week, and every player will get an opportunity to make a good first impression.

"I'm committed to a longer-term project at this club. I want the supporters to be proud of their club."

Widdrington, 40, and his assistant, the former Cambridge United and Wimbledon defender Alan Kimble, have signed two-and-a-half year deals at Priory Lane.